Two Teams. One Result.
Coaches made uHIT Custom part of practice. Practice made perfect on the field.
Division I and NAIA hitting changed for two teams in 2022. Two teams made uHIT Custom a priority part of their approach (learn more about this training here). One team competed in the NAIA and the other in Division I. Here, we look at season-over-season changes for the teams as a result of implementing this hitting philosophy, and we zoom in on a few players to get specific case studies. Enjoy the ride!
Want to run the numbers yourself? Check out Colorado State’s 2021 and 2022 numbers, along with Central Methodist’s 2021 and 2022 numbers.
Team Changes in Practice and OPS
When you implement uHIT Custom as a team, some players are going to gravitate to it and others just won’t. The same applied for Division I and NAIA hitting in 2022. So, the coaches of Colorado State and Central Methodist Universities worked with that expectation. They made uHIT a key part of their team approach to hitting in 2022. Whether Div. I or NAIA, implementing hitting programs can have common elements. Let’s look closer at each to see.
NAIA Hitting: Central Methodist Fall Training
In 2021-22, Central Methodist made uHIT Custom part of the Fall Practice routine. Hitting live in the cage? Going next to uHIT on your phone. Soft-toss at a screen? Going next to uHIT on the phone. With a break from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Central Methodist got back on uHIT Custom as their pre-season began. They continued to use uHIT Custom, along with the other tools of uHIT Plus that come along with it (e.g., Zone Enhancement to target specific pitchers’ repertoire). Coaches monitored progress the whole way with the uHIT Dashboard (learn more from here).
Div. I Hitting: Colorado State Pre-Season Training
That same season, Colorado State took a different approach. New to uHIT, the team began in earnest with only 10 players just after New Years. In other words, no Fall Practice with uHIT. But the head coach picked players who would gravitate to the special tool she was bringing to them. When all said and done, the team worked on 9500+ pitches in uHIT Custom.
OPS Changes at Div. I and NAIA Teams
Let’s look at what these changes in practice meant for these teams’ OPS. Like the graphics show, Colorado State posted a +44 points increase in its team OPS. Central Methodist also saw a jump — a whopping +197 points in OPS for its returning hitters! (Note that both teams were not a simple team OPS comparison. Why is that? Well, Colorado State was starting from no uHIT Custom experience in 2021 and going to 10 players using it. Central Methodist on the other hand had all of its returning players in 2022 already start working with uHIT Custom in 2021. So for their season-over-season comparison, it didn’t make sense to include seniors from 2021 (not returning in 2022) and freshman from 2022 (no comparison data in 2021)).
And lastly, what a difference some more hitting makes in team winning. Colorado State hung in there against some real powerhouses in 2022 and Central Methodist won their conference title in the Heart of America Conference.